Monday, April 21
PARTIES: If you don’t want to shell out $150 for the Helen Hayes Awards, here’s a more affordable option for a fancy night: DC Architecture Week kicks off with an opening-night party at the Mandarin Oriental. The hotel’s art gallery features photography (of architecture, duh) by Ron Blunt, and you’ll find cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, beautiful people, and sunset views over the water. Tickets ($10) are available online. 6 PM.
Tuesday, April 22
ICE CREAM: During its annual Scoop Fest (through Thursday) Baskin-Robbins has ice cream for $1 a scoop all day to celebrate it not being freezing outside anymore. This has been a public service announcement.
FILM: Filmfest DC continues with screenings all night around town, at Landmark Bethesda, Mazza Gallerie, Goethe-Institut, and E Street Cinema. Most of the films are being screened in DC for the first time, and all of them are international films. Tickets ($12 each) are available online. 6:30, 8:30, and 8:45 PM; check the website for the full schedule.
Wednesday, April 23
FASHION: Stylecable is a new fashion website, and for one night, it’s also a pop-up shop downtown. The Pop Up Party features jewelry, handbags, and clothes from up-and-coming designers, an open bar, free makeup demos, a photo booth, and live music. Tickets ($20 to $30) are available online. 6:30 PM.
Thursday, April 24
AWARDS: The Casey Trees Canopy Awards are a new way to celebrate environmentalists around DC—a worthy venture, for sure. But here’s what will make you actually want to attend: a sweet location (Union Market’s Dock 5), two live bands, food provided by Shake Shack and Buffalo & Bergen, an open bar, bocce, mini golf, and two photo booths. Tickets ($45) are available online. 6:30 PM.
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